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IBM Business Process Manager operation overview, Part 1: Topology, security, basic administration, and monitoring
The maintenance of a clustered server environment for IBM® Business Process Manager (BPM) that interacts with many back-end and front-end systems and services can be a challenging task. Administrators can follow the IBM Business Process Manager operation overview series to guide their daily operation work. Part 1 helps administrators with topology, security, and basic administrative and monitoring operations.
Articles 30 Jul 2015
Top 10 editor's picks for IBM Operational Decision Manager
Here are my top 10 editor's picks of IBM Operational Decision Manager content published on developerWorks. I selected content that helps you through the planning, configuration, modeling, and development phases of your business rules applications, guiding you in using recent versions of the product. I updated this list in July 2015 to include some of the best tutorials published in the past year.
Articles 29 Jul 2015
Top 10 editor's picks for IBM Business Process Manager
Here are my top 10 editor's picks of IBM Business Process Manager content published on developerWorks. I selected content that helps you through the planning, configuration, development, and deployment phases of your business process applications, guiding you as you use recent versions of the product. I updated this list in July 2015 to include some of the best tutorials published in the past year.
Articles 29 Jul 2015
Tips for migrating IBM Business Process Manager applications to Internet Explorer 10
If you migrated to Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 from an earlier version of Internet Explorer, your end users of IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) process applications might encounter rendering or stability issues in the Process Portal and heritage coaches. Remediation typically requires application of appropriate product fixes and manual adjustments to the heritage coach HTML layout properties through the coach designer. This tutorial highlights the nature of these issues to assist you in planning the migration of your IBM BPM process applications to Internet Explorer 10.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 24 Jun 2015
Creating virtual affinity maps with IBM Blueworks Live
Affinity mapping is a valuable tool for analysts to elicit requirements from business users in a collocated setting. With IBM Blueworks Live, a real-time collaboration tool, analysts and business users can make affinity mapping collaborative in a virtual environment.
Articles 24 Jun 2015
Comparing IBM Business Process Manager dashboards to IBM Business Monitor
Solution architects can add custom monitoring to an IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) solution with either the tools built into the IBM BPM product or by adding the IBM Business Monitor product to the solution. This tutorial explores these two alternatives by showing how to develop custom dashboards for a sample business scenario. It discusses findings and makes recommendations on selecting the best fit for your situation.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 24 Jun 2015
Integrating IBM Business Process Manager with a hybrid MobileFirst application
This tutorial shows how to integrate IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) Advanced V8.5.X with a hybrid MobileFirst application using the IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation V6.3 through a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 24 Jun 2015
Branding and customizing the coach controls in IBM Business Process Manager
Learn approaches to customize coach controls for your organization, such as using included files, creating third-party controls, and linking the controls with the Representational State Transfer (REST) protocol. Also learn tips and tricks for overcoming common problems encountered when creating coaches.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 24 Jun 2015
Branding and customizing coach themes in IBM Business Process Manager
There are many ways to adjust coaches for your branding requirements. Learn about IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) approaches, focusing on methods more appropriate for beginners, such as toolkits that use the pre-built color schemes on pages. The Color toolkit calculates new colors for a page based on a single input. The Branding toolkit adds banners, logos, and backgrounds rapidly to coaches with little effort.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 24 Jun 2015
Improve performance for IBM Operational Decision Manager, Part 3: Reduce response times for hosted transparent decision services
IBM® Operational Decision Manager (ODM) offers a variety of options for optimal performance. Each organization's environment and needs are unique, so guidance about settings to increase performance and to streamline resource management is essential. As part 3 in a series, this tutorial provides recommended settings for addressing performance issues encountered when working with hosted transparent decision services.
Articles 20 May 2015
Improve performance for IBM Operational Decision Manager, Part 2: Reduce rule execution resource consumption
IBM® Operational Decision Manager (ODM) offers a variety of options for optimal performance. Each organization's environment and needs are unique, so guidance about settings to increase performance and to streamline resource management is essential. As part 2 in a series, this tutorial provides recommended settings for addressing performance issues encountered when working with the Rule Execution Server.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 13 May 2015
Disaster recovery guidance for IBM Business Process Manager
IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) is a powerful tool for modeling and running an organization's most critical business processes. Over the past several years, features have been developed and verified to enable cross-site replication and recovery, achieving very sophisticated disaster-recovery objectives. Learn about the core principles that guide an infrastructure architect to design a successful disaster-recovery strategy.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 30 Apr 2015
Editor's picks: Top 7 Bluemix tutorials for business process management
Here are my top 7 editor's picks of content published on developerWorks about using IBM® Bluemix with business process management solutions. Whether using the Workflow or Business Rules services in Bluemix, or integrating IBM Watson-related services with your IBM Business Process Manager environment, there are many ways to get started with Bluemix and your current business process management solutions.
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Articles 15 Apr 2015
An efficient update strategy for large IBM Business Process Manager installations
Typically, if you have multiple installations of IBM Business Process Manager (BPM), you develop your own nuanced approach to roll fix updates across all the instances. However, that update strategy poses a challenge when new interim fixes are introduced, especially fixes that are chained to a long list of prerequisites or co-requisites. This tutorial describes a new methodology that can substantially ease the roll up of updates across a cluster of installations. In addition to IBM BPM, this strategy is applicable to all IBM offerings that use IBM Installation Manager.
Articles 09 Apr 2015
Integrate your service into the cloud with the IBM Cloud Orchestrator SDK
The IBM Cloud Orchestrator Development Kit for Integration Toolkit helps you create content packs for IBM Cloud Orchestrator in a quick, reliable, and repeatable way. This software development kit (SDK) makes it easy to create integration APIs in IBM Business Process Manager through an intuitive user interface or automatically by relying on declarative API definitions that are compliant with common open standards. This article shows how to use the SDK to easily integrate your service in the cloud.
Also available in: Japanese  
Articles 26 Mar 2015
BPM Voices: The new age of business events
There is an amazing convergence we are witnessing with big data and analytics in enabling new insights for decision making. At the same time, we need to augment traditional predictive analytics to react to data changes in real time, as they actually occur. There is still an elusive goal beyond simple recognition of events to provide a capability to sense, respond, and act in real time on an aggregated view of events and their relationship to other events and entities. The new Decision Server Insights offering in IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) Advanced V8.7 provides a solution that advances complex events processing to a new level with a foundation on a rich distributed architecture to enable real-time decision management.
Articles 25 Mar 2015
Complement business rule debugging in IBM Operational Decision Manager with a logging framework
Logging and tracing play an integral role in problem diagnosis and understanding the flow of many applications. Common logging methods such as adding print statements placed through the code are often used to trace the flow of an application or a component during development. However this method falls short on scalability and flexibility by making it difficult to dynamically and easily change and control the amount and destination of logged information. A logging framework, such as the logging APIs available in Java SE or Apache Log4J, provide feature rich, flexible logging mechanisms that aid with debugging and tracing. This tutorial explains how to use a Java Logging framework in IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) to assist with debugging and tracing business rule projects.
Articles 25 Mar 2015
Simplify complex code with OSGi services in Decision Server Insights rules
Learn how to create an Open Service Gateway initiative (OSGi) service and a corresponding business object model to make extended capabilities part of the natural rules language in IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM). This tutorial shows how to use the OSGi service in a business rule as an integral part of your Decision Server Insights solution.
Articles 25 Mar 2015
Install and configure a Decision Server Insights reference topology
This tutorial shows you how to install and configure an IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) Decision Server Insights runtime production environment that meets non-functional requirements, including high availability, security and recoverability. The layout of the components of the environment described in this tutorial constitutes the Decision Server Insights reference topology.
Articles 25 Mar 2015
Improve your IBM ODM test environment with DVS Made Easier
Learn practical ways to get up and running with DVS Made Easier, a testing approach for the Decision Validation Services (DVS) test framework that is available with IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM). DVS Made Easier is a design pattern that was initially designed by Francis Friedlander in 2011, and since then has been used by other IBMers, clients, and business partners who are working with IBM ODM.
Articles 25 Mar 2015
Implementing Smarter Process decisions
In our work assisting clients with smarter process applications, we are asked to detail leading practices for integrating decision services with business process management solutions. One question we encounter is when to use IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) rules and when to use IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM). The answer to this question is use-case specific, but there are criteria to consider for the target solution. This tutorial discusses the decisions to consider when developing applications that integrate business process management with decision services and provides a detailed example to illustrate the concepts.
Articles 25 Mar 2015
Improve performance for IBM Operational Decision Manager, Part 1: Reduce rule execution time
IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) offers a variety of options for optimal performance. Each organization's environment and needs are unique, so guidance about settings to increase performance and to streamline resource management is essential. This tutorial provides a brief overview of the different IBM ODM modules, and how they interact with each other, and recommended settings for performance improvements that have been found to have the most impact on rule execution.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 25 Mar 2015
Integrate IBM BPM with IBM Watson, Part 2
This tutorial details the steps required to Integrate an IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) V8.5 application with the IBM Watson Personality Insights service running on IBM Bluemix. IBM BPM is widely used to automate business processes, and the end users are knowledge workers who make decisions that could affect business performance and client perceptions about the business. The Personality Insights service improves understanding of people's preferences to help engage users on their own terms.
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Articles 01 Mar 2015
Planning a migration to the latest version of IBM BPM and IBM Business Monitor
Learn a successful strategy to plan your migration to IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) V8.5.5 and IBM Business Monitor V8.5.5 and later versions. Migrating your products requires input from both the business and the technical teams responsible for an application. Learn the business planning and preparation requirements and the technical considerations for a migration of IBM BPM and IBM Business Monitor. This tutorial is intended primarily to assist the IT team and business managers, including project managers and solution architects, with planning the migration of an application to the V8.5.5 version of IBM BPM and IBM Business Monitor.
Tutorial 11 Feb 2015
Integrate IBM BPM with IBM Watson, Part 1
This tutorial guides you through the steps to integrate an IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) application with IBM Watson by using the Question and Answer service running on IBM Bluemix. IBM BPM is widely used to automate business processes, and the end users are often knowledge workers who make decisions based on their specialty. IBM Watson has the capability to respond to user queries using natural language that is based on a corpus about any business domain. Watson can support decision making, based on the business corpus. This tutorial uses a sample application that demonstrates how end users of IBM BPM applications can invoke Watson to support a decision-making process.
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Articles 21 Jan 2015
Applying DevOps concepts to your IBM Business Process Manager project
DevOps, a software methodology that integrates application development and IT operations, continues to gain momentum in IT shops. But there is still a gap in many organizations between talking about DevOps and implementing it effectively. This tutorial provides a brief overview of DevOps and looks at how DevOps concepts can be realized on an IBM Business Process Management (BPM) project.
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Tutorial 15 Jan 2015
Automating a process application with the IBM Business Process Manager Testing Asset
Learn how to automate a process in IBM Business Process Manager with the IBM Business Process Manager Testing Asset, an extension built by IBM Software Services for WebSphere.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 10 Dec 2014
IBM Business Process Manager testing methodology, Part 1: General testing guidelines
This tutorial is part 1 of IBM Business Process Manager Testing Methodology series. It describes the necessity of IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) project testing, general testing guidelines and when to test in the IBM BPM project lifecycle. This tutorial shares good practices of IBM BPM project development and helps you get the big picture of quality assurance for business process applications. This series of tutorials describes test methodology for IBM BPM projects. Part 1 describes the necessity of IBM BPM project testing, general testing guidelines, and when to test in the IBM BPM project lifecycle. Part 2 describes details of various testing that should be included in IBM BPM project tests and specific information for environments. Part 3 discusses good testing practices, automation, and testing tools in IBM BPM.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 10 Dec 2014
Your keys to success with IBM Business Monitor V8.5.5 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, Part 3: Installing the Showcase model and publishing IBM Cognos cube packages
Learn how to install the Showcase model that is shipped with IBM® Business Monitor. In addition, learn how to verify that IBM Cognos is functional and how to publish IBM Cognos cube packages for an IBM Business Monitor model using the Showcase model. This is the final part of a three-part series.
Also available in: Russian  
Tutorial 10 Dec 2014
Your keys to success with IBM Business Monitor V8.5.5 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, Part 2: Configuring a three-cluster topology
Learn how to configure a deployment environment for IBM Business Monitor V8.5.5 and some tips and suggestions for good practices. Learn how to configure a three cluster topology, also known as the golden topology. This is Part 2 of a three-part series.
Also available in: Russian  
Tutorial 10 Dec 2014
Your keys to success with IBM Business Monitor V8.5.5 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, Part 1: Installing IBM Business Monitor
Learn how to ensure a successful installation of IBM Business Monitor V8.5.5 (including IBM Cognos Business Integration Server) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux V6.5 and avoid some common pitfalls. This is Part 1 in a three-part series.
Also available in: Russian  
Tutorial 10 Dec 2014
IBM Business Process Manager testing methodology, Part 3: Good practices
This tutorial, part 3 of the IBM Business Process Manager Testing Methodology series. It describes good testing practices, including how to make IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) applications testable, how to conduct IBM BPM automation testing, and what testing tools that can be leveraged in IBM BPM projects. Part 1 and Part 2 of the series discussed the overall testing guidelines, the IBM BPM test lifecycle, and detailed test methods.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 10 Dec 2014
IBM Business Process Manager testing methodology, Part 2: Environments and detailed testing
This tutorial is part 2 of IBM Business Process Manager Testing Methodology series. It describes details of various testing that should be included in IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) project tests and specific information for environments.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 10 Dec 2014
Think big! Scale your business rules solutions up to the world of big data
Learn about a RulesAdaptor application that integrates the Business Rules and IBM Analytics for Hadoop services on IBM Bluemix. This tutorial guides you through the deployment of an IBM Bluemix solution combining Business Rules and IBM Analytics for Hadoop using an example air passenger profiler.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 12 Nov 2014
Build an enterprise supply chain app on Bluemix
This tutorial shows how to build a Node.js app that uses cloud services on Bluemix and integrates with enterprise data and processes. Our app is a supply chain application that uses Business Rules, dashDB, and custom cloud services on Bluemix, integrated with IBM Worklight, Business Process Management (BPM), Content Management, and API Management for enterprise connectivity to corporate back-end systems.
Also available in: Chinese   Japanese   Portuguese  
Tutorial 07 Nov 2014
Invoking a secured web service using HTTP basic authentication from a BPEL process
This tutorial shows you how to invoke web services that require HTTP basic authentication using the HTTP Header Setter mediation primitive available in IBM Business Process Manager (BPM). HTTP basic authentication employs a user name and password to authenticate a service client to a secure endpoint. You can set up HTTP basic authentication when sending or receiving web service requests.
Tutorial 22 Oct 2014
Storing transaction and compensation logs in a relational database for high availability and disaster recovery in IBM Business Process Manager
Learn how to leverage the latest WebSphere Application Server feature by configuring an IBM Business Process Manager transaction and compensation logs into a relational database for high availability and disaster recovery purposes.
Articles 30 Sep 2014
Creating a decision service in IBM Operational Decision Manager that accesses a database table to make decisions
Most enterprise applications today are very dynamic in nature. Customer scenarios often require querying database tables for fetching values, which are then used to execute the rules instead of using static data. This tutorial shows you how to create a decision service in IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.5 that accesses a database table to make decisions.
Tutorial 30 Sep 2014
Using the REST API Tester to manage orphan tokens in IBM Business Process Manager V8
Migrating instances in IBM Business Process Manager from one snapshot version to another can result in orphan tokens. This tutorial shows how to manage orphaned instances that may occur as a result of changes in the business process model. It also shows how to manage orphan tokens through the REST API Tester and how to detect potential orphan tokens by using a BPM command line utility.
Articles 30 Sep 2014
Installing and configuring an IBM Operational Decision Management golden topology (an update)
This tutorial is an update to the previous tutorial on IBM Operational Decision Management deployment environments that is applicable to IBM® Operational Decision Manager versions 8.5 and 8.6. This update addresses the changes that impact the ODM golden topologies that we introduced in the first tutorial, such as the change to the deployment recommendation for the Rule Execution Server console. It also takes into account feedback from customers and practitioners. For example, this tutorial now provides a more prescriptive set of options for deploying staged deployment environments.
Articles 30 Sep 2014
Building and deploying business monitor models for IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 processes
Learn how you can generate a monitor model from IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 and deploy the monitor model in an IBM Business Monitor server installed in a separate WebSphere cell.
Articles 30 Sep 2014
Customizing the Document List control in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5
This step-by-step tutorial describes how to customize the Document List control in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5. You will learn to retrieve the required documents only, delete the attachments, and hide the Revision button so that it looks like the new version of the attachment has replaced the older version. This feature works for both V8.0 and V8.5.5.
Articles 30 Sep 2014
Migrating IBM WebSphere Process Server V6.2 to IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.5
This tutorial describes how to migrate the IBM® WebSphere Process Server V6.2 network deployment environment to IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) V8.5.5. Learn about some new migration functions introduced in IBM BPM V8.5.5.
Tutorial 30 Sep 2014
Empower business users with collective learning to model their business with IBM Blueworks Live and IBM Industry Models
Learn about how business stakeholders can apply IBM® Industry Models to processes in IBM Blueworks Live™. You can take advantage of collective learning and use IBM Industry Models intuitively, with little or no training: as reference value chains, business operational policies, business decisions and business processes.
Tutorial 02 Sep 2014
Collaborative business process development, Part 1: Starting the process
Business processes today are created in short iterations by both business users such as business analysts, and IT professionals such as developers. This two-part article series shows how to develop and test a business process using the strengths of both these business and technical professionals.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian  
Articles 30 Jul 2014
Collaborative business process development, Part 2: Completing the process
Business processes today are created in short iterations by both business users such as business analysts, and IT professionals such as developers. This two-part article series shows how to develop and test a business process using the strengths of both these business and technical professionals.
Also available in: Chinese   Russian  
Articles 30 Jul 2014
Implementing a custom logging mechanism for web service calls in IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V8.0
This article shows how to implement a custom logging mechanism for IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition V8.0. It describes how the logging mechanism can store all the interactions of the BPM application with the external web services in a database and how to access them via a user interface.
Articles 09 Jul 2014
Making better business decisions with analytics and business rules
This article provides an overview of how predictive analytics and business rules can be used together for better business outcomes. A banking example illustrates how IBM decision management products might be used for smarter business processes.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 09 Jul 2014
Using Hosted Transparent Decision Service Interface (HTDS) in IBM Operational Decision Manager
IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM), IBM's business rule management system (BRMS) product, offers an easy way to expose rulesets as web services through Hosted Transparent Decision Services (HTDS). This article briefly introduces HTDS and discusses the approaches to building an HTDS client and using the RESTful interface that is new to IBM ODM V8.5. The primary focus of the article is potential issues and pitfalls in using HTDS, mostly related to controlling its service interface, and some practical, hands-on approaches to resolve these issues.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 01 Jul 2014
Purging data in IBM Business Process Manager
IBM Business Process Manager is a stateful product that accumulates data over time. As with any stateful product, it's essential to its ongoing health to have a strategy for purging some of that state occasionally. This article explores the areas of IBM BPM where data is collected and the methods that exist today to purge that data.
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Articles 01 Jul 2014
Using the BPMConfig utility to build and manage deployment environments in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.0.1
This article describes how the BPMConfig command-line utility, introduced in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5, can simplify and streamline configuration tasks. It demonstrates how BPMConfig can generate BPM profiles, database scripts, and tables to create, validate, and manage entire deployment environments.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Setting up a business activity monitoring infrastructure using IBM Business Monitor V8.0.1.1 with IBM Business Process Manager V8.5
One of the key tenets of business process implementation and re-engineering engagements is the ability to measure key metrics and quickly create actionable items based on them. If you use IBM BPM, you tend to use IBM Business Monitor to monitor business performance and to view and act on the metrics on your dashboards. This article guides you on how to set up Business Monitor V8.0.1.1 to work with IBM BPM V8.5. It demonstrates the complete setup across multiple cells and shows how to set up your testing and production environments.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Migrating IBM Business Monitor from V6.2.0.3 to V8.0.1.0
IBM Business Monitor has a new version that is released every year. This article introduces version-to-version remote migration for Business Monitor. This migration refers to the movement of profiles, applications, and data associated with an earlier version of WebSphere Business Monitor or IBM Business Monitor to a newly installed version of Business Monitor.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Migrating Oracle WebLogic Integration applications to IBM Business Process Manager Advanced, Part 4: Using BPEL
Part 1 of this article series described the tools and techniques that have been successfully used to migrate WebLogic Integration business processes and associated artifacts to IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition. Part 2 described how to migrate the common data formats and APIs that are used to write business logic in an Oracle WLI business process. Part 3 described the options available to migrate WLI controls to run on IBM BPM. Part 4 (this article) describes modifications required to the imported WLI process, and the assembly, deployment, and testing of the migrated WLI business process.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Expanding the IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 topology by using multiple deployment environments
As your business requirement grows, you may want to expand the topology of IBM® Business Process Manager to run different processes independently. This article introduces how to expand the IBM BPM V8.5 topology using multiple deployment environments.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Configuring IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition V8.5, Part 3: Setting up a three-cluster topology
This three-part article series describes the installation and configuration steps that are necessary to establish a typical IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 clustered environment for the Advanced Edition of the product. The third article of this series focuses on the recommended topology - a three-cluster topology - for production environments.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Creating a standalone Process Center profile in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5
A standalone Process Center profile is useful for situations where memory and disk space are limited. Rather than install the Process Center as a network deployment environment with at least three profiles running, plus an additional profile to support the unit test environment server, this article describes how a single profile can provide both a Process Center server and a unit test environment server.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Configuring IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition V8.5, Part 2: Setting up a Process Server single cluster topology
This three-part article series describes the installation and configuration steps that are necessary to establish a typical IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 clustered environment for the Advanced Edition of the product. In the first part, a Process Center environment was created. Part 2 focuses on the setup of a single cluster topology that is widely used in development and test environments.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Configuring IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Edition V8.5, Part 1: Overview and setting up a Process Center single cluster topology
This three-part article series describes the installation and configuration steps to establish a typical IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 clustered environment for the Advanced Edition of the product. The first article of this series focuses on the recommended topology for non-production deployments that is referred to as the "single cluster” topology.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Archiving and recovery solutions for IBM Business Process Manager using InfoSphere Optim
Using simplified examples, this article shows how you can use IBM InfoSphere Optim to control data growth and, at the same time, maintain data privacy with IBM BPM.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 30 Apr 2014
Customizing Process Portal in IBM Business Process Manager
This article describes how to customize an IBM Business Process Manager Process Portal login page and themes based on customer requirements. The same technique can be applied to change the banner and look and feel of Process Portal.
Articles 23 Apr 2014
Tuning branch and snapshot cache sizes in IBM Business Process Manager
IBM Business Process Manager Advanced, Standard, and Express maintain memory caches that hold information stored in the IBM BPM database. This article shows how to effectively tune two of these caches: branch and snapshot.
Articles 23 Apr 2014
Using coaches to localize and internationalize your application in IBM Business Process Manager
This article provides an approach to create dynamically localized coaches in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 and 8.5. It provides instructions to internationalize your application.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 16 Apr 2014
Overview of IBM Business Process Manager hybrid configurations on System z
This article describes a hybrid approach to configure an IBM Business Process Manager setup on System z. This hybrid approach ensures that applications can make optimum use of the available hardware and software resources.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 09 Apr 2014
The placement of BPM runtime components in an SOA
The various runtime components within a business process management (BPM) solution have a subtle relationship with the SOA reference architecture. This article looks at how these components relate to the SOA layers in practice.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 04 Apr 2014
Smarter healthcare: Integrating mobile technologies and decision management
Integrating disparate systems to provide timely information at the point of care is a critical aspect of improving patient care in today's healthcare environment. Using the right combination of technologies for integration, mobile applications, and operational intelligence can unlock the potential held within the voluminous information that flows between systems today, ultimately improving quality of care and even patient outcomes. This article shows how the combination of IBM Integration Bus, IBM Operational Decision Manager, and mobile applications built with IBM Worklight can work together to achieve these goals.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 02 Apr 2014
Best practices for designing and implementing decision services, Part 3: Integrating IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Operational Decision Manager RESTful protocol
Decision service is quite a buzz term, you even see product features with such a name. As a solution architect or developer, you may have seen the need to go outside of pure product play, and think about designing and implementing such services so they can be easily maintained and consumed. This article addresses design and implementation best practices for a decision service using IBM Business Processs Manager V7.5 Advanced Edition and WebSphere Operational Decision Server. The article presents key points to consider during the design of a rule-based decision service, so that it follows best practices and fits properly in a large IT architecture.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 02 Apr 2014
Using IBM Operational Decision Manager DVS simulation features for risk scoring analysis use cases
This article presents how to extend IBM Operational Decision Manager Decision Validation Service features to produce a KPI-based simulation on large datasets so that risk scoring analysis can be conducted by business users. The design and implementation considerations presented in this article are mainly based on IBM ODM V8.5, but they can apply to older product versions such as WebSphere ILOG JRules V7.5 and V8.
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Articles 02 Apr 2014
BPM Voices: Don't forget the basics of software design when architecting BPM solutions
Some process applications can be implemented easily, but all BPM applications require the discipline and rigor that are the fundamental foundation for developing business applications. In fact, you can argue that BPM's business-centric user population actually exacerbates the need for this architectural rigor. Many business users do not understand the underlying complexities associated with application runtimes; IT needs to ensure the applications are optimized. In short, just because BPM appears to be "simple" - organizations still need sound architecture to ensure robust applications. In this column, we discuss key architectural aspects that are critical for building an optimized BPM application with references to case studies and for crafting BPM solutions that are architecturally sound.
Also available in: Japanese  
Articles 02 Apr 2014
A flexible and scalable WebSphere MQ topology pattern: Part 3: Workload-balanced WebSphere MQ client connections for SCA applications
Part 3 of this article series contains SCA code examples to create workload-balanced client connections to a WebSphere MQ queue manager cluster configured as an MQ hub – the "flexible and scalable topology pattern" described in Part 1.
Articles 12 Mar 2014
Installing and configuring IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V8.5
See a short demo on a typical installation and configuration of IBM® BPM V8.5.
Demos 03 Mar 2014
Digital media processing in the cloud using IBM Business Process Manager
The purpose of this article is to describe some of the challenges inherent in building a cloud-based digital media processing factory, and how those challenges can be addressed using IBM Business Process Manager and related products.
Articles 26 Feb 2014
Teams in Business Process Manager V8.5, Part 1: Modeling teams with IBM Process Designer
This article is the first in a series on the new team support that was introduced in IBM Business Process Manager V8.5. It introduces the new team concepts. It describes the differences between static teams and dynamic teams and how to model them. It then goes on to describe how to assign teams to activities and how to leverage the task context for the runtime task assignment.
Articles 19 Feb 2014
Teams in Business Process Manager V8.5, Part 3: Managing teams
Part 3 of this series describes how to manage teams at runtime. It shows how to use the administrative tools provided as part of IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 and it demonstrates how to implement services that perform automated team administration. For the modeling aspects of teams or how to build dynamic teams, see the previous articles in this series.
Articles 19 Feb 2014
Teams in Business Process Manager V8.5, Part 2: Developing services for dynamic team resolution
Part 2 of this series provides insight into developing dynamic teams to get the most out of the new team functionality. The Team concept has been explained in the first article in this series. In this article, we get practical with dynamic teams. We introduce team retrieval and team filter services and we provide simple and advanced examples, including a sample implementation that shows how to use services to apply substitution and ensure separation of duties.
Articles 19 Feb 2014
The WebSphere Contrarian: Options for accelerating application deployment
Looking for ways to speed up application deployment in IBM WebSphere Application Server? In this installment, The WebSphere Contrarian outlines how applications are deployed and offers options for accelerating the deployment process.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 07 Feb 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us onlne for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
Articles 15 Jan 2014
Migrating from WebSphere Lombardi to IBM Business Process Manager
This article describes the steps to migrate a WebSphere Lombardi Edition V7.2 (Lombardi) installation that has process applications deployed to IBM Business Process Manager V8 Advanced (BPM). This article assumes the product migration is to occur on a Windows (or Linux) operating platform with all relevant prerequisites.
Articles 11 Dec 2013
Accessing SAP processes from IBM Business Process Manager using Enterprise Services
IBM Business Process Manager can simplify access to SAP processes by providing powerful tools to invoke SAP Enterprise Services in BPM process flows. This article demonstrates how to build a process flow to enable seamless and secure integration with SAP over the web services framework.
Also available in: Japanese  
Articles 11 Dec 2013
Integrating RESTful web services into a business application in IBM Business Process Manager
Today, RESTful web services are widely adopted as an alternative to WSDL-based web services, so the need to integrate with external systems through their REST APIs is increasing. The purpose of this article is to provide a hands-on example of building a business process application that integrates an external REST service using SCA HTTP binding. By using the built-in SCA components, you can quickly implement a solution with no custom coding.
Articles 11 Dec 2013
Modeling business rules with IBM Operational Decision Management
This article describes three models that are necessary in order to implement a successful IBM Operational Decision Management (ODM) business rule project -- the domain conceptual and logical model, the executable object model (XOM), and the business object model (BOM) -- and the roles they play in developing an IBM ODM business rule solution. It describes the IBM tooling and the analysis process used to create the models and includes examples.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Integrating IBM BPM and Enterprise Content Management
IBM Business Process Manager V8.5 enables seamless integration with Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems by providing an embedded CMIS-compliant (Content Management Interoperability Services) internal document store known as the BPM document store, which addresses the business requirement to include the management of related physical documents in the scope of a business process. In this tutorial you will see how to achieve a content-driven integration scenario using the new document store feature.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Integrating IBM's Intelligent Operation Center with Business Process Manager
This article describes how integrating IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) with IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) can help organizations manage long-term responses to serious incidents. You'll learn how to do the simple configurations necessary to enable sending a triggering event from IOC to BPM and returning information from BPM to IOC.
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Troubleshooting IBM Business Process Manager
Troubleshooting BPM issues can be complex without the correct tools and techniques. This article describes a set of tools and techniques suggested by the IBM BPM SWAT and Support team to help you with problem determination for IBM Business Process Manager.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 04 Dec 2013
From spreadsheets to IBM Business Monitor dashboards in under an hour, Part 3: Alerts, real-time updates, and editing the generated model
Learn how to define alerts for when a specified situation occurs, watch the IBM Business Monitor dashboards update in real time as you feed in further sample data, and learn how to edit the monitor model produced by the CSV tool in Eclipse.
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Articles 04 Dec 2013
From spreadsheets to IBM Business Monitor dashboards in under an hour, Part 2: Customizing a dashboard created by the CSV tool
Learn how to customize all parts of the IBM Business Monitor dashboards produced by the CSV tool. Customizations include sorting and formatting, adding and configuring widgets, changing display types, and advanced Cognos report editing. Make your dashboard look just the way your users want in a matter of minutes.
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Articles 04 Dec 2013
From spreadsheets to IBM Business Monitor dashboards in under an hour, Part 1: Using the free CSV tool to create a dashboard
In Part 1 of this series, you'll learn how to create custom IBM Business Monitor dashboards in under an hour. Using only a spreadsheet tool, such as Microsoft Excel, you can define the metrics, KPIs, and reports you desire, and fill in sample data that you want to see in a dashboard. Then learn how to customize that dashboard to more closely meet the visual requirements of your business users.
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Articles 04 Dec 2013
Designing the IBM Operational Decision Manager repository to share vocabularies and rules among rulesets
The design of initial business rule management system (BRMS) projects should take into account the future expansion of business rules technology in an organization in order to facilitate vocabulary sharing and rules governance. This article proposes a three-layered approach to rules project design that is simple, standardized, systematic, and adaptable to the business context.
Articles 04 Dec 2013
Governance in the age of APIs and social interactions
In the age of business APIs and social interactions, governance is no longer primarily about compliance. Today, governance has to address the far more important challenge of empowering the organization to drive business growth - making sure that the right people make the right decisions, at the right time, for the right reasons, and based on the right information. Meeting that challenge, strategically as well as operationally, will require a change in not only governance processes but also the roles and skills that define and enable those processes. In this column, I describe the necessary changes and outline how to create an easy to understand and easy to appreciate modern governance scheme.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 21 Nov 2013
Migrating Oracle WebLogic Integration applications to IBM Business Process Manager Advanced, Part 3: Migrating WLI controls
Part 1 of this series described the tools and techniques that have been successfully used to migrate Oracle WebLogic Integration (WLI) business processes and associated artifacts to IBM BPM. Part 2 described how to migrate the common data formats and APIs that are used to write business logic in an Oracle WLI business process. Part 3 describes the options available to migrate WLI controls to run on IBM BPM.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 15 Nov 2013
Using the MDM Application Toolkit to build MDM-centric business processes, Part 2: Performing CRUD operations against MDM using the Application Toolkit
This is the second in a series of articles that describe how to create process applications for master data by using IBM Business Process Manager (BPM). Specifically, this series refers to the InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) Application Toolkit and IBM BPM 8.0.1, both of which are provided with InfoSphere MDM 11.0. This article focuses on extending the Hello World scenario to perform a full set of create, retrieve, update, and delete (CRUD) operations against an MDM operational server. The article shows you how to create human services quickly and simply within BPM to drive operations on the MDM server. I start by constructing a create process, and then proceed with update, delete, and retrieve. This article focuses on the speed and simplicity with which you can create CRUD business processes using the MDM Application Toolkit. While more advanced interactions are possible, they are deferred for later articles in the series.
Articles 24 Oct 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 4: Implementing the Advanced Integration Service
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed WS-AT scenario involving two databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol. In Part 4, you'll learn how to implement the AIS for the transaction.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Oct 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 5: Execution cases
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed WS-AT scenario involving two databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol. In the final article in this series, you'll learn how to execute and test different transactional scenarios with the components designed and developed in the previous parts of the series.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 15 Oct 2013
Using the MDM Application Toolkit to build MDM centric business processes, Part 1: Integrate BPM with MDM
This is the first article in a series that describes how to integrate IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) and master data. Specifically, this series refers to BPM 8.0.1 and the InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) Application Toolkit, both of which are provided with MDM 11.0. This article describes a Hello World scenario that shows you how to use the application toolkit to search for and retrieve data from MDM. This data is then displayed on a BPM Coach.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 03 Oct 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 3: Defining the business process
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed WS-AT scenario involving two databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol. In Part 3, you'll learn how to design and implement the business process using the BPMN notation in Process Designer.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 25 Sep 2013
Developing a distributed WS-AT transaction using an IBM BPM Advanced Integration Service, Part 2: Configuring the transaction support
Leveraging the capabilities of the Advanced Integration Services (AIS) in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Advanced, this series describes the implementation of a distributed WS-AT scenario involving two databases (Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2) installed on two different machines and accessed via two web services. The implementation illustrates the automatic rollback capabilities offered by the SCA-based management in an AIS in collaboration with the WS-AT protocol. In Part 2, you'll configure the transactional support and implement the two transactional web services for the Credit and Charge operations in the example scenario, one in .NET and the other in JEE.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 18 Sep 2013
BPM lifecycle for ARIS models in IBM Business Process Manager V8.0, Part 1: Importing ARIS models into IBM Process Designer
This two-part article series focuses on a practical approach for a standard-based, cross-tooling, and cross-vendor business process management lifecycle that implements ARIS Event-driven Process Chains models in the IBM Business Process Manager suite, as they were created within its own repository. Part 1 describes two ways of importing process models from ARIS into IBM Process Designer via a standard BPMN2.0 import as as well as in the ARIS XML format. Part 2 shows how to merge a newly imported ARIS model version with the already extended and executed process in Process Designer.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 01 Sep 2013
Create and execute business rules in IBM Integration Bus
The new business rules feature in IBM Integration Bus V9 (formerly known as WebSphere Message Broker) enables you to create business rules that are executed in the integration server. This article describes the business rule integration, demonstrates how to use it, and answers some frequently asked questions.
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Create a mobile BPM application by integrating IBM Worklight and IBM Business Process Manager
Learn how you can integrate IBM Worklight and IBM Business Process Manager V8.0.1 Standard (IBM BPM) by leveraging the IBM BPM REST APIs. By combining the powerful development environment of IBM Worklight with the simplicity of the IBM BPM REST APIs, BPM developers can quickly deliver mobile applications to their BPM users.
Also available in: Portuguese  
Articles 28 Aug 2013
Leveraging reference data for business rule authoring in IBM Operational Decision Manager using an XML dynamic domain
Business and other reference data often used in business rule authoring can reside in different sources and formats such as database tables, Excel files, CSV, XML and other text documents. Learn how you can create and deploy a dynamic domain plug-in to leverage existing business data represented as XML for rule authoring. You can associated a Business Object Model (BOM) class with the new XML dynamic domain. The XML dynamic domain allows any XML data stream that conforms to the XML dynamic domain schema to be used as a source of data for the dynamic domain.
Articles 28 Aug 2013

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